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10 Makeup Essentials You Need At Any Age

BY Suzanne Scott

Whatever your age or skin type, great makeup has a near magical ability to bestow glow and inject a dose of energy into your look. Having tried and tested plenty of makeup products, these are the ones that really do make a difference whether you’re 21 or 60 years old.

01

Nars

Audacious Lipstick Claudette Collection, £26.00

As we age our lips can become more prone to dehydration making lipsticks with creamy formulas a necessity. This richly pigmented red has the long-wear impact of a matte formula, but it glides on like silk and feels moisturising and comforting to wear.

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02

Kevyn Aucoin

The Eyelash Curler, £17.00

Curling your lashes makes you look instantly more awake, even if you’re not wearing mascara. The Kevyn Aucoin Eyelash Curlers are a favourite because they have a comfortable spongy strip which creates the perfect bend. Top tip, if you turn the curlers upside down, you can shape your bottom lashes too.

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03

Sisley-Paris

Phyto Blush Twist, £50.00

Cream blush is often more flattering than powder because it adds a healthy glow without settling in lines, pores or uneven texture. If you find cream blush daunting, you will love this option from Sisley. Its shape allows you to be precise in your application and makes it almost impossible to go too far with the colour. Daub a little onto the apples of your cheeks, the bridge of your nose and your temples (trust us) and then use a fingertip to blend the colour in.

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04

Hourglass

Ambient Lighting Powder, £45.00

There’s one thing that’s true about skin regardless of your age; glow is good. A dusting of this subtly iridescent powder adds a healthy luminosity to skin, and, unlike many other powder highlights, it doesn’t accentuate lines or uneven texture. Use a soft powder brush to dust over the tops of your cheeks and the bridge of your nose. For an extra touch of shimmer, use your ring finger to press a small amount of the powder onto the centre of your eyelids too.

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05

Chantecaille

Faux Cils Mascara, £40.00

Pale, stubby, straight or sparse, whatever the condition of your lashes, a great mascara such as this one from Chantecaille will give you lengthened, volumised and denser lashes in a near instant. It has been formulated with rosewater and mineral salts, so it actively works to improve the condition of your lashes throughout the day, while seaweed promotes growth and natural waxes create volume and curl. It’s no wonder it’s a bestseller.

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06

Laura Mercier

Tinted Moisturiser SPF30, £36.00

Skin always looks its best when it looks like your skin, but better. Full coverage foundations have their place, but not when you want your skin to look naturally radiant. This tinted moisturiser is a cult product for a reason; it delivers sheer, glowy coverage that won’t settle into lines or texture, and it has an SPF of 20 to help protect your skin against UV rays.

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07

Kevyn Aucoin

The Precision Brow Pencil, £6.00

Brows become sparse with age, robbing your face of important structure. This fine-nibbed brow pencil is the easiest way to pencil back in what has been lost. The nib is the perfect width for drawing in fine life-like hairs without adding too much bulk. Follow the natural shape of your brows and focus the intensity of the colour towards the tail, allowing the front of your brows to remain less solid.

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08

Charlotte Tilbury

Lip Cheat Lip Liner, £17.00

Well-defined lips are a hallmark of youth and this iconic lip pencil from Charlotte Tilbury is a quick cheat to achieve the look. Its velvety formula glides on with ease so you don’t need to be particularly skilled to achieve a good result. Tracing the colour just outside your natural lip line will make your lips appear full without overlining, and try this makeup artist trick for easy application: angle the pencil so that you’re using the side of nib to sketch in your line, it will give you greater control over the pencil and create a smoother outline.

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09

Becca

Under Eye Brightening Corrector, £21.00

This clever cream colour expertly counteracts the dark circles, with two shades that work for almost every skin tone. Use your ring finger to blend the cream over your dark circles before applying your usual concealer. It has good staying power but if you’re likely to be sweating a light dusting of powder over the top will keep it in place.

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10

Space NK

Makeup Bag by Space NK, £18.00

Small enough to chuck in your gym back, big enough to comfortably house your everyday makeup essentials, the new Space NK makeup bag is a must own. Available in Mink, Black and Blush Pink, it’s almost too pretty to conceal in a bag.

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Posted: Wednesday, 03 February 2021
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